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Earthquake Survivors Dying as Aid Struggles to Reach Haiti
by via Democracy Now
Saturday Jan 16th, 2010 8:18 AM
Friday, January 15, 2010 :The distribution of humanitarian supplies to Haiti is being hampered by infrastructure damage, blocked roads and severed communication lines. Reports are that those who survived Tuesday's massive earthquake are now dying in huge numbers, and clean water, food and medical supplies are desperately needed. Dead bodies lie everywhere on the streets, and the Red Cross says it has run out of body bags. The Red Cross in Port-au-Prince estimates the dead at 50,000. Three million more -- one third of Haiti's population -- had been hurt or left homeless.
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Dahoud Andre, Haitian community activist and the host of a Haitian radio broadcast called Lakou New York.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 :Ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide spoke out yesterday from exile in South Africa. "We feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death," Aristide said. "As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity."

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ousted Haitian president.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 :We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. On President Obama tapping former President Bill Clinton and former President George W Bush to co-chair US relief efforts in Haiti, Robinson says, "Bush was responsible for destroying Haitian democracy...Clinton has largely sponsored a program of economic development that supports the idea of sweatshops... but that is not what we should focus on now. We should focus on saving lives."

Randall Robinson, visiting law professor at Pennsylvania State University. His most recent book is An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. He is the founder and past president of TransAfrica.

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Friday, January 15, 2010 :Samuel Dalembert, the only Haitian-born player in the National Basketball Association and the starting center for the Philadelphia 76ers, is working to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti. He is the founder of the Samuel Dalembert Foundation, which has teamed with UNICEF, the Red Cross and Feed the Children to support humanitarian aid to his home country.

Samuel Dalembert, only Haitian-born player in the NBA. He is the starting center for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is the founder of the Samuel Dalembert Foundation, which has teamed with UNICEF, the Red Cross and Feed the Children to support relief efforts in Haiti.

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